6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), Barcelona, Spain, 7 - 09 July 2014, pp.1498-1506 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.1498-1506
  • Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Key Competencies, Competency Levels, Communication in Foreign Languages
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The term 'lifelong learning' has become ubiquitous in educational policy documents developed over the past ten years. Lifelong learning that sets the basis of this research, is an approach that covers all the learning activities of the people that they perform throughout their lives to develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes with a personal, social and/or employment viewpoint in order to orient themselves to changing conditions of the world. The problem of this research stems from the need to define the lifelong learning competencies of prospective English language teachers. Lifelong learning is a key concept of education and bears strong relationships with the economy of the country and it is also highly related with language development of the individuals; therefore, it is requisite for us to define the prospective language teachers' lifelong learning competencies. If we can make a clear and strong frame of the lifelong learning competencies of the teachers of the future, we can make more reliable comments on the effects of lifelong learning studies and their possible reflections for the future of our country. With this study, it is aimed to define the lifelong learning competencies of prospective English language teachers at Anadolu University in Turkey. It is also aimed to define the competencies of the participants in different categories to be able to make comments on how the participants differ among each other in terms of those categories. The research questions of the study are as follows: